AYRTON CHAPLIN

It is doubtful if the Reverend Ayrton Chaplin whose short-lived term lasted just 2 years to 1874 was able to take advantage of the new vicarage building that was commissioned in June 1873.

He had taken work in Winchester, Cornwall and Surrey before he came to Stowupland. After this, he did not have any further positions as a parish priest but spent some time as headmaster of schools in Stepney and Sussex before retiring to Little Baddow Essex. He enjoyed a long retirement not dying until 1930.

A niece Edith married the notable Zionist and writer Israel Zangwill. Several members of his family were active in the women’s suffrage movement and feminism. Another relation was the artist Michael Ayrton.